Forget Cheryl! Is this X Factor winner replacing Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel?

This former champ could make making her comeback…

Following huge speculation that Cheryl Tweedy could replace current X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, another name has been thrown into the mix.

Former champ Alexandra Burke – who Cheryl mentored in 2008 – is reportedly being considered to take a seat next to Simon Cowell after enjoying success on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Bookies are taking bets on 29-year-old Alexandra, whose duet with Beyoncé is still one of the show’s most iconic moments, joining the panel, after Cheryl, 34, confirmed she’s signed on for the BBC’s latest offering The Greatest Dancer.

Alexandra will release her third album The Truth Is next month and it’s also been confirmed she’s returning to the West End alongside Michael Ball in Chess, four years after making her stage debut in The Bodyguard.

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So it’s safe to say that, even without adding talent show judge to that, Alexandra is set to be very busy this year…

And it seems former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole, 39, is keen to get back to making music, as she said previously: ‘If I don’t come back it’s not because I don’t love it.’ She added to the Mirror that she’s a ‘singer first’ and judge second.

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh has already confirmed he and Sharon Osbourne will be back on the panel when The X Factor returns later this year.

He said in 2017: ‘I love it, it’s not like work. This is not work, it’s great fun. I’m getting paid to do something I love. I’m signed on for next year already, so is Sharon.’

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X Factor’s Matt Terry denies dating Love Island’s Montana Brown: ‘We’re just really good friends’

The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry has denied he’s dating Montana Brown. 

Appearing on Loose Women on Thursday to discuss his new music, the 24-year-old singer addressed reports that he is dating the Love Island contestant.

He told the panel on the lunchtime show that he is just ‘really good friends’ with Montana.

The pair were rumoured to be secretly dating since last November.

X Factor's Matt Terry denies dating Love Island's Montana Brown: 'We're just good friends'
Matt Terry and Montana Brown? Just friends (Picture: Instagram)

While they aren’t often seen out together, they were apparently getting very ‘cosy’ when Matt filmed his music video for new single Try.

But Matt has put to bed to those rumours when he explained the nature of their relationship.

‘We met at an event, we hit it off and got to know each other and we just became really good friends I suppose,’ he said.

Montana Brown Matt Terry
The pair apparently got ‘cosy’ when Matt filmed his music video for new single Try (Picture: Instagram)

He added: ‘We are both really busy people and that’s what it is.’

Matt also admitted that he hand-picked Montana for his latest music video.

Matt released his winner’s single, When Christmas Comes Around, after winning the ITV singing competition in 2016 – a track written by Ed Sheeran. It peaked at number three in the UK charts.

Montana Brown Matt Terry
(Picture: Instagram)

He was signed by RCA Records after his win and released debut album Trouble, along with single Sucker For You. His album peaked at number 29 in the UK album charts.

The X Factor isn’t the only reality show he’s been a part of – he also appeared on Celebrity First Dates, which is Channel 4’s Stand Up For Cancer special.

Matt’s personal life hit headlines in 2016 after the sensational claim he snogged male X Factor reject Freddy Parker during the final.

But Matt wasted no time in clearing this up soon after, telling The Mirror: ‘I am a heterosexual man… I will totally keep fans up to date with my personal life and who I am dating. They will be the first to know.

‘Fame is overwhelming but it is part of my job and I want to embrace it. I’m going to have fun and meet people.’

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

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Eek! Cheryl plans shock X Factor return to replace THIS judge amid exciting music comeback news

The new mum is coming back with a vengeance!

Cheryl Cole might have been keeping quiet since becoming a mum but she’s planning one almighty comeback – which is set to involve her RETURNING to The X Factor.

The singer – who welcomed baby son Bear with boyfriend Liam Payne last March – is reportedly about to enter ‘advanced talks’ to join the judging panel again in a move that would see her REPLACE her old foe Nicole Scherzinger.

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And whilst Cheryl, 34, has yet to sign on the dotted line, it’s thought that the move is almost bound to happen – EEK!

‘Cheryl is the top choice and she is keen to come on board,’ a source says.

‘But as yet, the conversations taking place have been unofficial, because we can’t begin official talks with anyone until the show’s schedule is agreed.

‘The bosses need to confirm how long the series will run for and what time it will air each week.’

It’s thought that the programme – which was regularly beaten by Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings battle last year – will be making several changes alongside Chezza’s return including the time it will air and whether auditions will take place in a room or an arena.

‘Once those decisions are made and agreed, the bosses will have the green light to start talking to Cheryl officially and discuss contracts with her,’ the insider tells The Sun. ‘But this is seen by most of the team as a formality, and even the most cautious have put the chances of her replacing Nicole this year at about 85 per cent.

‘It would be a huge shock if it didn’t happen.’

Ooh, how exciting!

Cheryl briefly made a return to the show in 2017 as a guest of Simon Cowell’s at judges’ houses and it proved a hit with many fans.

This comes as the latest aspect of the singer’s big comeback following some VERY exciting news about her new music last week.

Producer Naughty Boy revealed that he and Chezza were set to complete a ‘great’ tune he’d written for her on Wednesday.

Then Nicola Roberts hinted at a DUET with her Girls Aloud pal when she posted several videos and photos of them in the music studio together.

Eek, we can’t wait!

Nicole Scherzinger calls Simon Cowell ‘so f*****g last minute’ in furious X Factor rant

Nicole Scherzinger calls Simon Cowell 'so f*****g last minute' in furious X Factor rant
Will Nicole Scherzinger be back on The X Factor in 2018? (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Nicole Scherzinger has launched into a furious rant about her X Factor future, as it emerged she has not yet been snapped up for the 2018 series.

The Poison singer is believed to be the only member of the panel – also including Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh – who has not yet been asked to return, amid rumours that Cheryl could be about to make a comeback.

And it seems she might not be that happy about the delay.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror about her future on the show, she explained: ‘Simon is so f***ing last minute we know in the same month that he announces it. We’ll see what happens.’

Nicole Scherzinger calls Simon Cowell 'so f*****g last minute' in furious X Factor rant
Nicole was the winning mentor in 2016 with Matt Terry and reached the final with Kevin Davy White in 2017 (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Not holding back there then. But if Nicole doesn’t keep her X Factor job, she’s unlikely to be too disappointed – as she was spotted mingling with movie bosses at an Amazon Studios Golden Globes afterparty earlier this week.

And she’s said to also have a number of other potential opportunities coming her way.

‘Nicole was invited as a lot of important film people want to work with her,’ a source told the paper. “If she doesn’t go back to ‘X Factor’ there will be lots of other opportunities.

‘She’s one of those super-talented people who can sing, dance and act. She’s got it all and she’s up for different roles and jobs.’

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What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward attend the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’m John and I’m Edward and together we are… Jedward!’

Fans of the X-Factor will know about the cheeky twins, who rose to fame when they first appeared in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009.

They were one of the show’s most famous novelty acts of all time, with their big hair and entertaining (or annoying) performances.

They finished in sixth place and were mentored by Louis Walsh, who was their mentor during The X Factor and later become their by manager.

Jedward have released three albums: Planet Jedward, Victory, and Young Love.

The first two went double platinum in Ireland.

They have released nine singles, including Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby), a mash-up of Under Pressure by Queen/David Bowie.

The duo also represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 performing Lipstick; and Waterline at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward appeared on the Celebrity Big Brother house twice (Picture: Instagram.com/jepicpics)

What is Jedward’s net worth?

According to Spear’s, the twins’ net worth is said to be £6.5 million.

They have amassed their fortune from their music careers and also appearances on television where they have presented on various shows.

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward recently underwent a makeover (Picture: Channel 5)

They have presented on children’s series Jedward’s Big Adventure and OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory.

Jedward have also appeared twice on Celebrity Big Brother and have appeared on several advertising campaigns.

These include: Irish fast food chain Abrakebabra; East Midlands Trains, Rowntree’s Randoms; Disney Universe; Three mobile network; and a Travel Supermarket commercial with comedian Omid Djalili.

Jedward have performed in an annual pantomime over the Christmas and New Year period based at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, the pantomimes also star Linda Martin. John and Edward play themselves and the shows feature Jedward songs.

Jedward followed in the footsteps of Honey G by getting a dramatic makeover on Celebrity 100% Hotter, but not everyone was entirely convinced.

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What a transformation! X Factor’s Honey G is totally UNRECOGNISABLE after shock glamorous makeover

We still can’t believe it’s really her

Cast your minds back to 2016 and you might remember a certain X Factor contestant called Honey G trying to make it as a rapper.

Y’know, the one who wore brightly coloured trackies and sunglasses ALL the time (even indoors, in winter, at night time).

Yep, her. Well, now the reality star – real name Anna Georgette Gilford – has undergone one heck of makeover, and we’re still not over it…

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Back on our telly screens once more, 36-year-old Honey G appeared on Celebrity 100% Hotter on Thursday evening complete with gold tracksuit, gold trainers, gold chain and giant sunglasses, obviously.

But enlisting the help of a style team, the singer admitted she was determined to ditch her sunglasses and cap once and for all for an altogether more grown-up look.

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And after a bit of work, Honey G emerged looking completely and totally unrecognisable.

Gone were the eye-watering jackets, and instead Honey G was given a sleek black suit and some gold kitten heels.

Along with some wavy hair extensions, the makeup team even gave the star a stunning smokey eye and spray tan. Just LOOK at the difference.

And Honey G herself was clearly just as shook as the rest of us, as she said: ‘This is a side of me I’ve never ever seen before in my whole life. I don’t know what to say. F**king hell.’

Viewers at home were also quick to react to the insane makeover, as one wrote: ‘Honey G looks amazing with her makeover suits her so much better on 100% hotter #100percenthotter’.

Another added: ‘OMG Honey G’s makeover on 100% Hotter is absolutely incredible. She looks amazing!’

‘Honey G’s makeover worked goddamn wonders, jfc’, agreed a third.

And they weren’t the only ones…

Honey G later went on to admit the makeover had given her loads more confidence.

‘I do feel attractive, but I feel nervous’, she said. ‘I think what you’ve done is incredible. I would consider Anna coming out a bit more. It’s given me a bit of confidence.’

Well, we think she looks AMAZING! Let us know your thoughts on Twitter at @Celebsnow.

The X Factor’s Sharon Osbourne vs Nicole Scherzinger: Who wore it best?

It’s battle of the wardrobes for these two leading ladies…

There’s reportedly been ‘conflict’ between leading ladies Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger, ever since Nic won the Overs category on The X Factor this year.

But while neither finished with the winning act, which judge stole the show with their head turning gowns?

Viva Latino week 4

Nicole’s enthusiasm didn’t go down well with fans that week, as they accused her of ‘putting on’ a Spanish accent. But, The X Factor judge certainly raised the temperature in this floor-length, mesh ensemble.

Teamed with a red lip and shoulder-length bob, the 39-year-old oozed glamour. And it didn’t go unnoticed, with one fan Tweeting, ‘Great body – she looks amazing!’

However, the same couldn’t be said for Sharon, who opted for an emerald green velvet gown. The 65-year-old found herself on the receiving end of trolls, as they compared her to Shrek character, Princess Fiona.

‘Sharon’s looking like Princess Fiona from Shrek with that green velvet dress and red hair,’ wrote one viewer. Awks!

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Semi-Final

She’s not afraid to take risks when it comes to dressing up. And, Nicole did just that for the Semi-Finals, as wearing a one-sleeve, asymmetric gown, with origami detailing.

But, viewers weren’t impressed with her bold outfit choice, with one harshly writing, ‘That dress had to be for a bet – it looks like an explosion in a bog roll factory!’

So it’s safe to safe, Sharon stole the title for the ‘Best Outfit’ that week.

Redeeming herself, after her previous fashion fails, the mum-of- three rocked a plush, velvet gown, as she took to the stage with her contestant, runner-up Grace Davies.

And it looks like the talent judge may have learnt from her mishap in Latin week, as she went for a burgundy coloured dress this time round.

The Final

If being compared to a cartoon ogre wasn’t bad enough, Sharon’s outfit for The Final – a black gown covered in red hearts – was mistaken for a dress suitable for Disney’s evil protagonist, Cruella De Vil, and home furnishings.

‘Sharon looks like Cruella in Transylvania,’ wrote one fan, as another added, ‘Sharon is wearing her duvet cover!’

On the other hand, Sherzy demanded attention, as she supported her act, Kevin Davy White.

Sashaying onto the stage in a glitzy, flapper-style gown, the singer earned approval from fans, with one Tweeting: ‘Nicole looks stunning!’